Meeting O’Clock

Yes, yes… Thanks to Zoom and the rest lol, we can all have “meetings” at the click of a button *side eye*

But how can we ever forget how things were back in the day… Meetings that felt like you were being summoned lol. Especially the early Monday morning ones… *rolls eyes*. Those are the worst in my opinion because you spend the whole weekend (or most of it depending on your personality haha) reading the email/text/message/memo/subliminal tones over and over again… You know, picturing all kinds of possible (worst case) scenarios. And guess what? None of them happen haha…

So ‘Monday’ morning finally arrives… you’re one of the first ones in… partially because you couldn’t keep any breakfast down… Scratch that, lol… Food was the last thing on your mind when you got on the morning commute lol. Secondly, you want to get all the info from whoever has it before the “boss” walks in. Next, you look around to pick the “best” seat in the meeting room… Away from the camera, but close enough to see Michael’s screen… Susan arrives, then Peter…

Meeting over and the only thing on your mind is “I missed the last game of the season worrying about nothing!”  It was just an introduction to the new app for ordering lunch at the canteen! Or something as ridiculous *shakes head*  Arghhh…

Thursday lunchtime, I get an email. Hmnn… Well, this time I definitely won’t lose any sleep worrying about what could or couldn’t be… I’ll see you all Monday morning after thoroughly enjoying myself and having the time of my life…

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Que Sera Sera 

Shopping list…

Yep, that “oh so important” piece of paper we sometimes fool ourselves we don’t need when we go shopping hahaha… You know, that moment you think to yourself you have it all in your head… Then as soon as you step into the supermarket or store you find yourself in the can opener section making funny noises, excited about the many different colours you can get for $5… Or the very worst… You just ‘wing’ it and load up your shopping trolley till you hear ‘card declined’ or too heavy to carry *side-eye*

I pretty much shop the same every month… How boring I know. Maybe 95% same items or as Tesco reminds me -“favourites”…. Why are they all in my business though lol? The remaining 5% are for items I want to try after watching let’s say, Jamie Oliver throwing all sorts into the fire and miraculously a mouth-watering dish appears in 2mins *rolls eyes*. He always makes it look so easy… But to be fair to him, his meals are something you could cook with zero kitchen experience haha. They always look so gorgeous and real… Like a meal you can actually eat at your mate’s house or something your Nan makes every Sunday when you go visit her… Not like some others who just like fancy dancy looking meals…. *lips sealed* I don’t want no ‘angry chef’ putting me on blast on Instagram or anywhere else for that matter lol… How I find myself drifting amazes me honestly…

So while looking at what’s left of my shopping list – see below-

Looks like a rescue kit lol

I wondered how fantastic it’ll be to have a ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ shopping list hehe… I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s ever thought of this… Yes, just pop into the ‘relationship/ready to be tied down’ corner shop with your list and pick your item off the shelf hahaha…

Come on, let’s give it a go… I’ll start… Number 1- must love dogs…

Mr Chocolate…

It’s a rainy day today and I had a flashback to one of my ‘love’ stories (blame it on the weather haha…) So here goes, hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed reliving it!

There are times I’d plan to just ‘pop’ in on social media but then end up spending a lot of time scrolling through Instagram stories of “friends”, celebrities, random strangers… and catching up on all the trending news… It was on one of those days it happened. My phone dropped! I was laying in bed with my phone in one hand and then BANG, DROP, CRACK lol… Felt like I dropped with it haha

You know how it is, right? You’ve dropped it so many times in the past and nothing happens… With each fall, you hold your breath hoping “it’s nothing to worry about”. (Especially if it’s one of those 4 digit costing ones *side eye*)Yep, for a while, that was the case… At least till that day! Guess like many things in life, I took it for granted for so long… I believed my phone was somewhat indestructible smh… Well, jokes on me now *rolls eyes*

So early the next morning, (thankfully it was a Saturday) I was out of the house to go get it fixed. I had no idea where exactly the repair store was.  All I knew was it wasn’t too far from home but dodgy enough for me to hide my wallet, anything worth anything lol…

En route, I stopped to ask for directions and decided to get some money from the cashpoint. I didn’t want to use my card in case I got a notification weeks later that someone on some remote island tried buying a 76″ tv with it haha. And there he was, Mr chocolate walking by… Like a knight in shining armour to the rescue! Pretty much accosted me. He said I had a frown on my face and as a good citizen, he stopped to offer some assistance. Yeah right! I didn’t believe it then and still don’t believe it now lol. We got talking and he kindly followed me to the dodgy phone shop. Yeah, he was nice which stood out, funny and quite attractive too hehe. Extra brownie points! We walked and talked… I felt something…

Weeks later, my phone now fixed and back to my online updates, I noticed Mr Chocolate had evolved into a prima donna… Nope, I wasn’t having it… Seemed he wanted a fan club and I sure wasn’t about that life! 

I guess I’m better off with some real food than chocolate. At least they stay humble no matter the appeal…lol

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Cheers to my ever faithful buffet holiday spread!! Forever looking hot and tasty haha

Canteen…

So… Boris finally let the “cat out of the bag”…or shall we say, the government finally “let us get back to mingling and tingling”? Haha…Yep, they opened the “flood gates” of “freedom” today taking off restrictions… Well, most *side-eye”. I for one am looking forward to my Saturday Cinema treats… Weird I know, another post another day lol. 

But before we lose our minds on all the things we planned to catch up on, let’s take a moment to think of lunchtime at work!!! Yep, when we all get back to being in one space (strange feeling haha). Grab your hot chocolate, cat, mimosa, as I recreate a canteen moment long forgotten lol.

Lunchtime at work and everyone’s taking out their ‘cuisines from around the world’… I remove my meal from the microwave silently praying it doesn’t stink up the office…*rolls eyes*. It’s funny in hindsight, but never funny when you’re in the middle of a packed canteen… Was I ‘ashamed’ of the food or the smell? Or maybe it was all in my head… Sure my food might smell different from everyone else’s, but doesn’t mean it tastes awful… (depends on how long I left it out of the fridge lol).

Normally, I don’t have the time for questions like ‘what’s that? It looks like spinach, can I taste it, is it spicy, how spicy is it, did you cook it?’ Nope, not having it! Just eat your food, and I’ll eat mine so we can get back to work or whatever we pretended to be doing before lunchtime…lol

With time I realized it’s an opportunity to share the many wonderful tastes and our cultures. A lot of people are curious… I mean I’m curious to have tried octopus, frog legs and other different dishes from other countries… So spark peoples interest with something as special as food It’s one thing that connects people the world over

I remember how some of my colleagues were always happy when talking about their local dishes. How their parents prepared the dishes growing up, the farm life and how they grew their fruits and vegetables. A couple of them still had farms… Awesome… How cool is that! I understood their joy… Talking about food they loved from memory… If only they knew it’s going to be cow’s foot for dinner at my place when next it’s safe to come around *insert evil grin*

What if all our work lunches looked as fabulous as this (and smelt like roses… lol)

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Do you have certain meals you’d probably think twice before eating at the office …? I do… lol

Sunny days ahead…

The sun shining through my window today brought back so many fond memories of cities long explored, streets roamed and pictures of food that never do justice… So to my dear friends who long to fly across time zones, make new friends… and treasure times never to be forgotten, this one’s for you! A walk down memory lane as we reminisce on good times ahead…

Inflight meals… A good place to start…

With the holidays coming up, I find myself looking at old photos of holidays long ago… And laugh to myself thinking of the chaos at check-in, overweight luggage and food…

With every economy/coach ‘experience’, I never gave up hoping the ‘red’ flying lady might get in sync with the universe and do something magical for me and upgrade my next flight… I still believe and so I speak it to the universe and wait for it to come back to me.

 I try to have a ‘decent’ meal at home, or on the way to the airport… or anywhere ‘good’ food is available. I am quite picky when it comes to meals on board. Either that or the food most times tastes bland and portion size is fit for a different post. The funny thing is I’ve been pleasantly surprised with some airlines but nothing beats freshly cooked meals in a comfy dining set-up… Did someone say Wetherspoons? Lol

One flight I won’t forget in a hurry though was one of ‘vampire early morning get out-of-town before the sun hits you while regular folks are cosy in bed flights’… I had no time to eat, my internal clock was still booting at the check-in desk, so I hoped the food would be good on the plane… and no, I didn’t get a meal at the airport either as most of the cafés was shut, which in a way was a good thing because I wasn’t in the mood for a lettuce sandwich…

Moments later on the plane, seated… final count, and from the corner of my eye I spot  Ms ‘Smiley’ two rows away from me slyly bringing out a black carrier bag (not sure I’ll forget that in a hurry). Next thing I know she starts to munch some crispy ‘chicken… At first, it didn’t matter to me but when compared with the food served to us several minutes later… I couldn’t help but start to rehearse how I was going to ask her politely to share… but I didn’t dare… I didn’t know if it was roasted or deep-fried chicken… or if it was chicken *confused face* 

If I’m honest, I’ve been a ‘Ms. Smiley’ several times on my flights from home… The only difference was I stuffed my hand luggage with bread from ‘back home’…

I can’t wait to make new memories soon…